The Royal Family has had a dark history that has involved a great deal of racism, and many are pointing this out after Prince Philip’s passing.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told Oprah that the royal family had racist concerns about their baby, many were shocked. Moreover, many defended the royal family.

Despite the protests of Prince William, the family does have a history of making racist comments publically. In the wake of the news of Prince Philip’s passing many Twitter users are now reminding people of the negative side of his legacy.

Original comments

When the news broke about the death of Prince Philip, the BBC put together a touching short biography of the man.

The royal family also released a statement about the Duke of Edinburgh and reassured people that they would let them know what the next steps were.

What has Twitter said?

While many offered their condolences, others pointed out the flaws in the Prince’s character.

Twitter users wrote:

“Prince Philip was a well-known racist & was a literal Nazi. I feel no issue with giggling at jokes about his death on Twitter.”

“Prince Philip was a proud racist, friends with known paedophiles and parasitic elitist scum. Nothing of value has been lost.”

“You lot are acting like Prince Philip wasn’t a racist and didn’t come from a whole family of Nazis, fake sympathy ain’t coming from me.”

“Prince Philip was a whole a** racist coloniser who benefited from an oppressive system and some people defend him with their whole chests.”

The facts

Although these comments seem distasteful, Prince Philip did have a history with the Nazi party and had said many racist things. This is well documented.

In 1986, Prince Philip visited British exchange students in Xi’an, China and said: “If you stay here much longer you will all be slitty-eyed.”

Years later, he offended Indigenous Australians by asking “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

On top of this, he made many culturally offensive and sexist comments over the years.

In 2003, he told the President of Nigeria, who was wearing traditional robes, “You look like you’re ready for bed!”

He also asked a female cadet if she worked in a strip club in 2009.

This pattern of behaviour in public has led many to believe he was a racist and sexist.

Was Philip a Nazi?

Philip was never officially a Nazi and there is no evidence of him being supportive of Hitler. In fact, Philip fought against them as part of the British Royal Navy during World War 2.

However, many take issue with the fact that all of his sisters (all of which were princesses) were big supporters, including those that effectively raised him, of the Nazi party. The family not only profited from anti-semitism but Prince Philip was seen with leaders of the Nazi party.

The most striking image of Philip with Nazi’s comes from his sister’s funeral in 1933.

Going forward

Prince Philip was undoubtedly a controversial figure with a dark family history. However, many will hold off casting judgement until the news of his passing has settled.

What did you think of Prince Philip?

Images via Alamy